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This document is based on an initial draft prepared for the World Health Organization (WHO) by Karen Fediuk, MSc, and Harriet V. Kuhnlein, PhD, RD, Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment (CINE), McGill University, Quebec, Canada. CINE has continued to work closely with WHO on successive revisions of the document. A statement outlining CINE’s approach and response strategy can be found on the back cover of this document.

A large number of institutions and individuals, both indigenous and non-indigenous, have provided comments and feedback on this document. While these are too numerous to name individually, we sincerely thank all who contributed their time and effort in this way.

Special thanks are due to Bill Erasmus, National Chief of the Dene Nation, Canada, and Chair of the CINE Governing Board, for helpful considerations and comments.

A Spanish version of the document is being prepared for circulation and comments.

Further comments and suggestions on this document and its use in the field are welcome, and should be addressed to:

Jacqueline Sims
Technical Officer
Sustainable Development and Healthy Environments (SDE)
World Health Organization
Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneva 27
Tel: +41 22 791 3755

Professor Harriet Kuhnlein
Founding Director
Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment
Macdonald Campus of McGill University
21,111 Lakeshore Rd
Ste. Anne de Bellevue
Quebec, Canada H9X 3V9
Tel: +1 514 398 7671
CINE Website:

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